JAMES Anderson recovered from illness and injury to claim five for 82 against Nottinghamshire, but Lancashire are still on the brink of defeat going into today’s final day.

By the close, Chris Read’s attack had reduced Lancashire to an abject 39 for five, still 289 runs short of their distant victory target of 328.

Lancashire look a shadow of the side which won the 2011 Championship and are on the brink of losing three of their first four matches in defence of their title.

As well as Anderson, more encouragement for England was the sight of Stuart Broad going a long way towards proving his fitness ahead of the West Indies Tests by claiming two wickets.